ARTIST IN VACANCY
CHARGER, a performance installation
SATURDAY | AUGUST 5, 2017 | 2PM
We are very excited to announce the first event of Newburgh Community Land Bank’s ARTIST IN VACANCY: Stephen Kwok's CHARGER, a performance installation for the vacant mid-Broadway lots produced by Artist-In-Vacancy, Laura Genes.
The Newburgh Community Land Bank (NCLB) believes we have a unique role in community revitalization. NCLB’s goal is to eliminate barriers to redevelopment that go beyond property renovation and sale alone. By opening NCLB properties as temporary platforms for creative interventions, we look to transform our liabilities into sites for engagement: safe, accessible spaces which draw the public experience inside the vacancy and bring life back to marginalized spaces of underserved neighborhoods in the city.
NCLB’s Artist in Vacancy pilot is the first initiative to make use of the properties in our holdings that have proven the most difficult to transfer or sell. We have selected properties in our core neighborhood, within a block of each other, and in close proximity to our offices, to offer as sites for creative work that will engage the community and promote arts & cultural production in the City of Newburgh. This pilot is pivotal to NCLB’s effort to launch creative initiatives as an integral part of our approach to Newburgh’s economic and community development. We are happy to announce our first artists and sites for our 2017 summer program below.
Laura Genes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and educated in New York City. She studied architecture at the Cooper Union where her thesis project, “Roosevelt Island – Site Exhaustion” won the Allen N. Goldfischer Memorial Award, recognizing the project that best explores relationships between humanistic and aesthetic principles in an urban context. Through the use of photography and installation she describes a human element of the built environment, which is otherwise absent from technical plans and sections. By forcing the body back into structures, the permanence of both forms is put into question. The built form takes on the vulnerability of human-nature and the human body adopts the monumental qualities of a landmark. Both architecture and humans are made to perform in specific time-scales and lifespans; & in the case of both, neglecting that destiny is the only way to carry-on. Laura makes work to ask: how can structures preserve our poetry and how can we lend our poetry to structures? She has been collaborating with artist, Mauricio Cortes since 2008. They received a Menschel Fellowship Award for “The Nancy Flowers Project”, a multimedia project with Hugo Genes that delivered photographs taken by anthropologist Nancy Flowers in the 1980’s back to their subjects, the Pimental Barbosa, Xavante of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Mauricio and Laura exhibited as part of the Bienal de las Fronteras 2015, in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Laura served as the 2016 Exhibition Production Fellow at the Queens Museum and has worked as a researcher/fabricator at Situ Studios in Brooklyn.
REFLECTING ON A FLAG (from NY TIMES)
"The U.S. Code has an entire section concerning the treatment of the flag. Section 8J (4 U.S.C. § 8(j)): “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” My interest in the Mexico-U.S. border stemmed from the thought that there are an infinite number of ways to cross illegally, but only 48 legal checkpoints. I set off to visit all of them. I returned to the studio with a spool of fencing wire a mile long. From this spool I began to make coils, cut them into rings, and weave the rings into a textile in the form of the United States flag. This chain-mail flag is my personal meditation on both the weight and malleability of the American mission."
COLLEEN TUITE & IAN QUATE
Colleen Tuite is a designer, writer, and co-director of GRNASFCK and 1.5 Rooms project space; her work explores the psychic confluence of architecture, technology, and ecology. Her writing and work has appeared in numerous design journals and publications inlcuding MONU, Manifest and Lobby. Colleen holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
Ian Quate has a vested interest in gathering and manipulating information in the environment; from genetics to construction documents to geology. He has studied with academic institutions in North Carolina, New York City, Rhode Island, Ecuador and England. Ian is a designer at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and co-directs GRNASFCK.
BTWN SAMPLING & DOWSING (from ARCHINECT)
"Green is a slippery word – it conjures a narrative of ecological morality as an anecdote to the industrial era - a narrative we find false. There is no post-industrial; corporate waste will provide landscape architects with materials to work with for the rest of time."
project information coming soon.
June 1- August 30, 2017
June 2, 2017 Newburgh Community Land Bank
EVENT: CHARGER, a performance installation
August 5, 2017 2pm Mid Broadway Lots
September 2, 2017
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
select dates through SEPTEMBER
NEWBURGH OPEN STUDIOS
September 30/October 1, 2017